This one I have to share with you. It comes from Dr. Marge Sved with whom I have been fortunate enough to exchange e-mail since starting up alphaDictionary. She is responding to our Good Word gherkin.
“I know someone whose last name is O’Gorek. She says the origin was the Polish word for “cucumber” as you say, but that an aunt didn’t want others to think she was Polish, so made it O’Gorek. Always fun what we do with words.”
The language is as adapable as are those who speak it.